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The bird sanctuary

The bird sanctuary in Pont De Gau

This place is a zoo, yet it is not a zoo at all. The birds come and go there voluntarily. There are no fences or cages other than for the birds rescued waiting to be released back to the nature. In many ways it’s an awesome place to get close view of the birds. You can get as close as a meter from the Flamingoes and couple of meters from the Herons. The birds come to the park because there is food served regularly. It cost under 10€ per person and the ticket is valid for the day.
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Delta de Llobregat

The Barcelona international airport is surrounded by a wetland called Delta de Llobregat. It’s an excellent place to get a really close look of the busy birdlife. It’s easiest to reach by car. The distances might seem short looking at the map, but distance can easily be a 5-10 km when getting to the next place because of the airport. Alternatively one could walk or bike along the beach. Gear used during the trip: D3s and Tamron 150-600.

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Ebro Delta revisited

Breaking the rules

Back in Ebro Delta again. It has been one year since the last visit but this time we focused on Barcelona and spent only one day in Ebro Delta wetlands. It is well suited for a day-trip from Barcelona and takes about 1 1/2 hours one way by car using the toll-highway (autopista AP-7, €20-30 one way). There is an option for those that have more time and are looking to save some money by taking the “scenery-route” along the coast. This will take 30-60 minutes longer but you end up saving the highway tolls. As mentioned this time our hub was located in the outskirts of Barcelona, Castelldefels. We rented a car that we used to get around and the first day we spent at Delta Ebro, 150 km south from Barcelona.
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Day trip to Liesjärvi National Park

A day trip to beautiful Liesjärvi National Park located between Karkkila and Forssa in Southern Finland. The park is large so we decided to go for a 5k walking trip called Pohjantikka (blue route). There is a parking area close to the Korteniemi heritage farm from where the track begins. The heritage farm is also worthwhile a closer look and the entry is free of charge. At the farm there are chickens, cows, sheep and horses to mention a few. At the heritage farm we encountered a couple of people, but in the path, there was only one elderly couple that crossed our path. We started our walk at around 10AM, so we were not that early on. Comparing to Nuuksio for example, this is a peaceful journey thru the beautiful forest scenery surrounded by lakes. Our trip took roughly around 3-4 hours, mainly because of the blueberries we stopped to pick. From Pitkäkärki, that is about halfway of the blue route you can see the island group called Isotsaaret. In one of them there is a nesting couple of ospreys. We also encountered a great spotted woodpecker, black-throated loons, eurasian curlews, common sandpipers and barn swallows.

For more information of the Liesjärvi National Park, please visit Metsähallitus web pages called www.nationalparks.fi

Here are a couple of shots from the trip.

Rynningeviken nature reservoir in the outskirts of Örebro, Sweden

Spring is marching on and the first migrating birds are starting to arrive. A trip to Rynningeviken has become something of an annual thing. For me this is the start for the annual birding season.

Here are a couple of shots from our trip to Örebro, please click on the pictures for a better view.